If everyone in a Kentucky uniform possessed the fight Tyler Ulis possesses, Kentucky would be a very dangerous team for the rest of college basketball.
The problem is, Kentucky has a lot of players who don’t seem to bring the fight every night. And that is very frustrating to Ulis, the undisputed leader of the team.
“Some guys are giving their all and some guys choose to not come out and play that day,” he said. “It brings our entire team down.”
It’s no secret Alex Poythress is one of the players who struggles with being the best version of himself each and every night. Ulis noted that Kentucky is unstoppable when Poythress fights, especially the way he did at Alabama. But when Poythress is timid, we see nights like the loss to LSU and tonight’s close one with a team UK should’ve run out of the arena.
As for what Ulis does to prevent the off-nights, he said, “I just try to push them. Some guys have it but some guys don’t come out ready to play. When we do, when everyone comes out ready and has the same intensity, we’re a good team.”